Sunday, May 27, 2012

This I Know (Reflection)

My List of Small Treats
1. An ice cream cone (just had one today, so it is fresh in my mind)
2. A new book
3. A new art supply
4. Prints of photos I have taken
5. An online class
6. Something from Etsy handmade by an artist
7. Rice Krispy treats
8. Steamed milk or a drink from a coffee shop
9. A walk in nature
10. A long hug from Tom
11. Some blank cards that are arty and beautiful
12. A little time alone in the sun
13. Something for photography, ie a new app
14. Paper
15. A set of new writing pens
16. A blank journal
17. A fun magazine to cut up for collage
18. Something tactile, like fabric or ribbon to use in art making
19. Taking the time to write a handwritten note to a friend or family member (I love the thought of them getting real mail).
20. Pulling a card from an inspiration deck and reflecting on its meaning

This list was inspired by Susannah Conway's new book. I am loving the book, and I highly recommend it. The full title is This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart.

Feel inspired to share your own list of 20 small treats that bring you joy? I would love to see it. Comment below or share a link to your blog.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Must Have Handmade Labels by Mary Ann Moss

Hello!  Mary Ann Moss has done it again.  She has been laboring over hand drawn labels that are now for sale on her site for $9.  They are an instant download, after you pay via Pay Pal.
I am in love!  Go to her site RIGHT NOW!

This and That on a Monday

I have been enjoying the sunny days here in Minnesota.  I have a great chair to sit in on our back patio. My cat enjoys the R&R, too.  

 If you do not know Orly Avineri, you've got to check out her blog and her NEW BOOK called One Artist Journal.  It is based on her visual journals that she has added to digitally, via Photoshop.  The book is fantastic.  It is colorful, wise, and has many interesting graphic elements, which makes her style  unique.  I would love to see her physical journals first hand, as they are the source for her digital work featured in this book.  You can purchase the book from Orly's blog (which supports her the most), or you can buy it from

One more cat photo

So, I have a question for you:  Can you make your eyelids do what I've done here?  I mean, WOW!  I am fascinated.  If you can do it, too, leave a comment and a link to your photo.  If you just want to post a funny face and share your link, that would be great, too!

PS  I am 12 weeks pregnant now.  I have had many complications from the loss of Baby B, but the OB says that she thinks all will be well.  If you have been sending good vibes and/or prayers, THANK YOU!  Please keep them coming.  The doctor says we will know for sure around 18-20 weeks how things are actually going for Baby A, but all looks great right now!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tulips Make Me Happy

Hi All,
I hope you all have been well.  I apologize for the lack of updates lately on the blog.  Sometimes life is just a little crazy, if you know what I mean.
Something good I can share are a few photos of some beautiful tulips given to me and my husband by his mom, right from her garden.  I just love the shape of their petals, as well as the beautiful mix of colors.  Does anyone know if these are a special kind of tulip?
Enjoy for now.  I hope to be back soon.
PS  What have you been up to lately?


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